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How To Improve Your Screenshots.

   
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Wing-man
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Posted: Sat May 06, 2006 7:56 am 

Hi people Wink , I'm sure that some will already use some of the following methods, but I thought I'd share some tips that I use, for those that dont know already.

Firstly, for screen captures, I use Grab/clip/save, I find it a straight forward easy to use tool found here..........
http://www.simviation.com/fsdtutscreensh.htm

I use these settings............. (click all following images again to enlarge)





Another handy tool is Irfanview, IrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003.

IrfanView is a simple image viewer and editor that supports all major graphic formats, including BMP, DIB, JPEG, GIF, animated GIF, PNG, PCX, multipage TIFF, and TGA. In addition, it features drag-and-drop support, directory viewing, TWAIN support, slide shows, batch conversion, and modifications, such as color depth, crop, blur, and sharpen.

Version 3.98 features a host of updates, including new thumbnail window option: Load thumbs from all subfolders; alpha blending effect added for slideshow/fullscreen; support for HDR and 3GP formats.

Irfanview can be found and downloaded from here............
http://www.irfanview.com/

Once Irfanview is downloaded and installed, simply put a shortcut on your desktop for access later.
Here's what I do............
After you have captured your shots and saved them to desktop/my pictures/wherever, ( I would recommend you capture them in .bmp format, you can change them later to .jpg for better results.) go to desktop and double click on your Irfanview icon to open up the programme.

1. Put your mouse arrow on (file) and left click,............
(click images again for better view)

2. Then left click the (open tab), this will bring up the window where you can search for your screenshots, in this case, I'm using my spitfire in (My Pictures).............



3. Double left click your screenshot, and it will bring it up like this........



This is where you can now improve yor shots. Wink

4. Left click (image), then left click (Resize/Resample)........



5. You will now have the following............



6. Put a bullet in 800 x 600 Pixels, and click save.

7. Next, left click (image) again, and this time click (Sharpen) like this......
(You will see your screenshot change as you press) (Sharpen)



8. Almost finished, left click (image) again, and this time left click (Enhance Colours) like this.............
(you can use the sliders for your own preference)




9. Lastly, left click (File) (save as...) and your done. Wink



When you click (save as...) dont forget to save your screenshot as .jpg format, you will get better results.
Sorry that this is a long post, and as said earlier, I'm sure that some are already using this method, but it is only a talk through for those that have'nt tried it and want to give it a go. Wink
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Greekman72
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Posted: Sat May 06, 2006 8:34 am 

Excellent clear and simple (even for a Brick in English like me)guide. Exclamation

Although i dont like to edit or improve my shots im sure that your instructions will be very very useful for many of us.

Good Job Wing-Man Exclamation Exclamation Exclamation Thumbs Up! Thumbs Up! Thumbs Up!

I propose this as a Sticky.
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SteveT
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Posted: Sat May 06, 2006 8:38 am 

Wingman, thats an EXCELLENT job you've done there! Wink

STICKY STICKY!

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99jolegg
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Posted: Sat May 06, 2006 9:01 am 

Good guide Wingman! Thumbs Up!
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pilotwannabe
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Posted: Sat May 06, 2006 11:03 am 

Very much thanks Wing-man Wink

Great post Very Happy Very Happy
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SteveT
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Posted: Sat May 06, 2006 11:20 am 

i cant see the settings for grab and save method - is there a way to make them bigger because they are a little blurry thanks Wink
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Wing-man
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Posted: Sat May 06, 2006 11:25 am 

SteveT wrote:
i cant see the settings for grab and save method - is there a way to make them bigger because they are a little blurry thanks Wink


Hi SteveT, click on the image, when it has loaded, click on it again, Thumbs Up! as with them all. Wink
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tomthetank
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Posted: Sat May 06, 2006 12:12 pm 

10 out of 10 Thumbs Up!

Sticky it is
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Wing-man
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Posted: Sat May 06, 2006 2:49 pm 

Thanks for your comments guy's Thumbs Up! if it helps, then it's a result. Wink
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RadarMan
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Posted: Sat May 06, 2006 4:08 pm 

Clapping Top job Wing-Man, thanks for setting it up!

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chrissie
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Posted: Sun May 07, 2006 7:50 pm 

What about pressing the the "Print Screen" the opening the paint screen and paste it there, and then save it in the jpeg format. Does that work???
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RadarMan
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Posted: Sun May 07, 2006 7:53 pm 

chrissie wrote:
What about pressing the the "Print Screen" the opening the paint screen and paste it there, and then save it in the jpeg format. Does that work???


Yes but then you can only do one a flight.
With a screen capture utility you can take as many shots as you want.

I use this one, free.
http://www.wisdom-soft.com/products/screenhunter_free.htm

Radar

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chrissie
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Posted: Sun May 07, 2006 8:00 pm 

Ok I will download that and check it out. Now another thing is how can I post a screenshot and put it in my forum message like a few people did???

Like if I want to put one of my screen shot in this message here, how can I do that?
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RadarMan
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Posted: Sun May 07, 2006 11:18 pm 

chrissie wrote:
Ok I will download that and check it out. Now another thing is how can I post a screenshot and put it in my forum message like a few people did???

Like if I want to put one of my screen shot in this message here, how can I do that?


Check out this post, It'll help.

https://forum.flyawaysimulation.com/forum/topic/11288/guide-to-upload-our-pics/

Radar

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